If you are taking medications at home, please bring them with you to the hospital in their original containers and let the staff know. Our nursing and/or pharmacy staff will record these medications, herbal preparations, vitamins and/or other supplements you are currently taking to help ensure that any medication you receive while at the hospital are safe for you. Once your home medications are recorded, we would like you to send them home with your family. If that is not possible, we can store them for you until you are ready to be discharged.
Medication in the Hospital
See above regarding any medications you are taking at home. While you are in the hospital, it is likely that your doctor will order medications that will differ from what you take at home. Your physician, nurses and/or pharmacist will discuss new medications or changes to your current medication plan with you.
Things you can do to promote medication safety:
Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse about the medicine. You should know the name, benefits and possible side effects or reactions of the medication.
- What is it? Make sure you know the name and color of the medicine. Take it in well-lit areas.
- What is it for? Know the reason you are taking the medicine.
- How do I take it? Be sure to ask how the medicine should be taken (with water? with food?) and how often you need to take it.
- What to do I need to watch for? What is the intended outcome of the medication? Ask about possible reactions and what to do if they occur.
Discuss previous allergies and reactions. You need to let the physicians and rest of the staff know about any allergies and reactions to drugs that you or your family members may have.
Bring your medications. Bring your medications, including over-the-counter, herbal, prescription and dietary drugs. Dispose of old medicines.
For more information regarding the patient safety Speak Up Initiative, click here.